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All about the Serpentine Dance

The Serpentine Dance was one of the first things captured by Edison’s film cameras – but what was the Serpentine Dance? Who? The serpentine dance emerged during the late nineteenth century. It evolved from the skirt dance, a form of early burlesque in which moving figures were swathed in light fabric and optical shadows to Read MoreRead More

17 Awesome and Weird Bill Murray-Inspired Products

What can’t Bill Murray do? Here at mental_floss, we love Bill Murray, who is always doing awesome stuff—so when I decided to brainstorm art for our newly renovated office, it wasn’t hard to decide where to start. In the process, I discovered so many awesome Bill Murray-inspired things available for purchase, so I threw this Read MoreRead More

Why Does Mario’s Jump Feel So Awesome? | Game/Show

Mario jumps. This may seem insanely obvious, but it’s more significant than you may know. For such a ubiquitous game mechanic, it’s not such an obvious movement to include. Humans, for instance, are TERRIBLE at jumping. But Mario is, like, CRAZY good at it. So what is it about Mario’s jump that inspired hundreds of Read MoreRead More

Susan Gregg Koger: Being a Rookie Is an Asset

When she co-founded the online clothing retailer ModCloth, Susan Gregg Koger had never worked in retail and had no connections with the fashion industry. She had no experience that helped her write a business plan or how to source inventory for her site. But being a “rookie” turned out to be asset as she built Read MoreRead More

Ancient Art, Modern Steel – Inside the World of Long Sword Fighting

Using Medieval training texts, enthusiasts are resurrecting old European martial arts as a modern organized sport. A hotel ballroom in Ellicott City, Md., seemed an unlikely setting for a four-day competition involving ancient martial arts, Longpoint 2014. “Fight!” the referee called out. Axel Pettersson, 29, raised his sword above his head and waited. When his Read MoreRead More

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